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“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 8:38-39).

God loves you. It sounds cliché doesn’t it? It’s a phrase that people say so often it seems to fade into the background whenever we hear it. But it’s important to listen. It’s important to pay attention and recognize how profound and relevant these three words actually are. God loves you. In all of His wisdom. In all of His might. The God who ignited the sun, and filled the oceans. The very God who forged this universe into existence with the mere sound of His voice. He knows you, and yes, He loves you.

You’d better Believe It:

It’s intimidating sometimes to imagine that this could be true. After all, humanity is flawed. How could God possibly love us when our lives are so full of sin and turmoil? The answer is simple. God’s love is not something to be earned. It is a gift. It’s a gift He has chosen to give us fully and freely, purely because we are His divine creation. It is a gift He has chosen to give us fully and freely, in spite of our shortcomings. God may have spoken the world into existence, but He took the time to form us from clay with His bare hands. God didn’t just create humanity, He made us in His own image and blessed us with purpose. Scripture says He called us to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth,” (Gen! esis 1:28).

God doesn’t regard you as some broken person. There’s nothing disgraceful about you in His sight. On the contrary, you are His masterpiece. You are the crown-jewel of all His extraordinary creation. Scars, regrets, and all. This is why His love for you is unconditional. This is why there is nothing you could possibly do, and there is no circumstance so horrible, that you could ever be separated or cut off from His love. No matter what you may be going through, remember this promise and know that God will never abandon or reject you. Be bold in your faith. Be confident in your prayer. Take hope in the fact that God’s love for you is unbreakable, and choose to love The Lord in equal measure. Having a successful walk with God isn’t about being picture-perfect. It’s about understanding that even when you make mistakes or go through difficult times, God still loves you. If you can choose! to love Him in kind, throughout the good and the bad, you will find inner peace and fullness of joy. For “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28).

If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in spiritual growth, or overall personal development, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Fashion Designer Kate Spade was recently found dead, tied to a doorknob by her throat with a suicide note in the room according to The New York Times. Kate Spade launched a successful business selling handbags, shoes, and fashion accessories in 1993. In 2006, she sold a majority share of her company to Neiman Marcus. Soon after, Liz Claiborne bought it then sold it to Coach last year for $2.4 billion.

This is profoundly sad to imagine that someone with so much wealth could have been troubled enough to end their life. Yet, do you realize how common this dilemma actually is? Research indicates that an average of 44,965 suicides happen per year, which translates to 123 per day. Suicide has claimed the lives of extraordinarily successful stars such as Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Don Cornelius, and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few. How could so many presumably “successful” people get to a place in their lives where killing themselves seemed like the best solution they had?


The big question…

Why would someone with family, wealth, status, fame and success commit suicide?

How could a woman who has been married for over 20 years, has a 13-year old daughter, and who has built her business into a $200 million empire, kill herself through suffocation?

People, whether rich and famous, or unknown and poor, can find themselves at a crossroads where they struggle so much that they end up seeing suicide as a desirable escape. These are people who are dealing with strong anger, despair, deep guilt and shame. They feel totally hurt, afraid, misunderstood, alone and unloved. They are experiencing these things at such a high level within themselves that they can’t take it anymore.

Why suicide? The answer is Perspective.

When I say “Perspective”, I mean the orientation of one’s thoughts, ideas, affections, attention, focus, desire, faith, and heart. There is power in perspective, power that builds or destroys, brings darkness or brings light. The way we look at things will greatly impact how we experience them. If you constantly focus on your weaknesses, faults and failures, you will inevitably end up angry, hopeless, hurt and depressed.

I have counseled many people who were abused in the past, and because of that, they struggled in life and dealt with deep depression and self-esteem issues. Not so much because of the past injustice they suffered, but more because of how they dealt with it and are currently thinking about it. It’s a past that lasts. It’s well beyond pain being our present prison. For example; there are some who have been sexually abused by a loved one when they were children, and that event became their reason to be broken and never get their lives together. Yet there are others who have the same story, but are very driven and clear because they transformed their past abuse into emotional fuel for success. Why? Because it’s all about how you look at it, your perspective.

It doesn’t matter if everyone loved Robbin Williams and was amazed by all his accomplishments, what mattered is that Robin himself didn’t feel good enough. He didn’t feel like he did enough. It doesn’t matter if we think Kate Spade had it all, what really matter is what Kate thought, what was her perspective?

Changing Perspective to Change our Life

Do you find yourself grumbling and complaining often? Do you focus on the struggles in life more than the beauty and blessings? If so what does it produce in your life? Do you have your best ideas and actions when you are afraid and stressed? This is not the most effective emotional state to produce the results we want to see in our lives.

Realize that your emotions can be changed, though it’s not always easy. Your feelings are not your boss! You must change your perspective. Do something to disrupt the negativity and do it quickly. Is sadness rising up within you? Make yourself laugh, enjoy some comedy. Are you starting to eat something unhealthy? Put it down and choose a better alternative. Take control of your life. Are you bitter or angry with someone? Don’t allow anyone to destroy your peace. Forgive that person and move on for your own sake.

“I’m not negative, I’m realistic”

Stop giving yourself a right and reason to be depressed and alone. People are often concerned that by “acting” happy when they’re depressed, they’re being fake and lying to themselves and to others. Understand that those are feelings – not who you are. You DO NOT need to allow them to have control and run your life. Why compromise your peace and happiness when you can counteract negative emotions? You have the power and potential to do it. Don’t let feelings keep you from your destiny.

Fasting Challenge

Have you heard of fasting? No food for a period of time. That is what your challenge is, but instead it will be a three-day negativity fast. No grumbling, or complaining. No talking down to others for two days. Through this simple exercise you will realize how much negativity you have wasted your energy on. Instead of only avoiding bad thoughts, say and think that which builds or adds value to you and those around you.

Change comes from 3 constant decisions.

1. What you decide to focus on

2. What meaning you give to that which you are focusing on

3. What you are going to do about it

If you are dealing with suicidal thoughts please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). If you are dealing with depression and hopelessness get counseling now. RISE Programs is here to help.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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Did you know that you don’t have to settle for the routine when it comes to salads? Lettuce doesn’t have to dominate all of the salads you prepare. Neither is store-bought dressing the only choice you have to add flavor to salads. One of the best things you can do to renovate your diet is think outside the box and use colorful ingredients to garnish your salads. Here’s a quick organic recipe which incorporates fruit, nuts, dairy and delicious preservative-free home-made dressing:

Ingredients: (Makes 6 Servings)

¼ Cup chopped and toasted Hazelnuts.

¼ Cup chopped and toasted Walnuts.

2 Tablespoons of chopped Red Onion.

2 Tablespoons of Water.

4 ½ Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar.

4 ½ Teaspoons of Sugar.

½ Teaspoon of Sea Salt.

1 Halved Garlic Clove.

1/8 Teaspoon of Paprika.

¼ Cup of Olive Oil.

5 oz. (1 Package) of Spring-Mix Salad Greens.

1 Medium Pear.

½ Cup crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese.

¼ Cup dried Cherries.


1.       Blend the dressing. Using a food processor, combine and mix:

·         The Hazelnuts

·         1 Tablespoon of the Chopped Onions

·         Water

·         Vinegar

·         Sugar

·         Salt

·         Garlic

·         Paprika

Gradually stir in the oil until the ingredients form into a consistent dressing.

2.       Combine the salad greens and remaining onions in a mixing bowl.

3.       Add ½ a cup of the previously blended dressing to the greens, and toss them to coat each leaf.

4.       Slice the pear into thin wedges.

5.       Serve six different portions of the tossed salad on separate plates (Feel free to serve as many, or as few portions as necessary).

6.       Sprinkle and top each serving with the cheese, cherries, walnuts, and sliced pears.

7.       Drizzle the remaining dressing on the salads for added flavor.

One of life’s sweetest pleasures is tasting the delightful crunch of fresh vegetables as you bite down on a leafy salad. And with summer weather starting to warm things up, there’s a good chance that salads are going to take center stage in your daily meals. Remember, you don’t have to settle for all of the cliché options you’re used to. Go ahead and add a little zest to your diet with this adventurous recipe. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Did you know that statistically speaking, people tell an average of two lies for every ten minutes of conversation they have? Assuming we’re awake for 15 hours, this can translate into an average total of 140 lies told every single day. The majority of lies we tell are trivial white lies. For example, people often blame tardiness on traffic as opposed to confessing the truth about why they’re late. Or we automatically utter the word “Delicious!” when asked the question “How’s the food?” Mixed into these routine innocent lies as well are deceitful boldfaced lies which people also tell in order to mislead. Whether harmless or malicious, lies are a significant component of human interaction because they influence the very stability of our different relationships.

Read Between the Lines:

Whether personal, or professional, the relationships people build with one another often collapse under the weight of dishonesty. Telling lies is an instinctive habit. Unfortunately it’s also a destructive one. This is because even though lies can be necessary to be polite, they still violate trust and make it difficult, if not impossible, to exercise good faith with a person. People who are lied-to feel betrayed. They feel taken advantage of and insulted depending on how deep a relationship has already been established with a liar. While it’s impossible to stop or prevent people from ever lying, it is possible to enhance one’s own emotional intelligence by being analytical of dishonesty. A little observation can help you identify lies as they’re being told, and consequently avoid being duped. Here are three tips on how to detect lies:

1. Be Alert:

The first frontier of lie-detection is making a decision to be attentive as people interact with you. Rather than taking messages at face value, evaluate them as they happen and take mental notes of any apparent signals of deceit. This isn’t something to perform only during conversation, it’s also valuable with written messages. Pay attention to what people say, and how they say it.

2. Read Bodily Cues:

Human beings are creatures of habit. The way we behave at rest, and the way we behave under situations of pressure, vary. The heightened anxiety of lying inevitably alters how people carry themselves as they communicate. For example:

·         Posture changes.

·         Stuttering happens.

·         Inexplicable coughing is triggered.

·         Pitch of voice heightens.

·         Movement becomes restless.

These are just a few of many physiological indicators that someone is lying. When you notice them, look for more.

3. Look for Inconsistent Information:

Writer and Poet Khalil Gibran once said that “A truth can walk naked … but a lie always needs to be dressed.” One of the surest ways to detect a lie is through logical contradiction or exaggeration of details. If a message seems farfetched, or if it contains too much information, that’s often a sign that the person sending it is bending the truth. If your instincts detect a loophole in what someone says, investigate it further.

Lie detection is not an exact science. There are many unpredictable factors that can interfere with the way people either convey or interpret messages. Instead of counting on an absolute set of rules to pinpoint specific signs of dishonesty, exercise your senses in a way that keeps you alert in the moment. Use your listening to understand rather than hear. Use your vision to scrutinize rather than see. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles! and start soaring in success.

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